'Boy Meets World' Actress Bonnie Bartlett Reveals Why She Almost Left Husband Williams Daniels
From the outside looking in, Bonnie Bartlett and Williams Daniels appear to have the perfect union, as they've been husband and wife for over 70 years — but the actress confessed things weren't always so picture perfect between the two, especially during the earlier years of their relationship.
In a new interview, the Little House on the Prairie star, 93, said she felt "lucky" when they crossed paths at college, as she felt they were "soulmates" since "no matter the difficulties, we have always been very close."
However, after they graduated, things took a turn.
"Bill was an angry young man because at Northwestern University, he had been a superstar, and when we came to New York, he couldn’t get a job. And I got a very big job [on Love of Life] and made a lot of money," she explained. "It was tough on him, and he could be verbally abusive."
Things became so tough that at "one point ... I did think I should be married to somebody else," Bartlett recalled. "But then he changed, and his anger wasn’t directed at me anymore."
Part of the shift stemmed from their move to Hollywood, which she called their "saving grace ... because once we got there and had a family, it was a totally different story."
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Since then, things have been smooth sailing, with each of the finding success — and in the late '90s, Bartlett and Daniels, 95, even got to play a couple in Boy Meets World.
While some advise against mixing business with pleasure, the Emmy winners have figured out the secrets to a long lasting relationship.
"First of all, you’ve really got to like each other. I’ve heard other people say, 'I’m just happier when I’m not with her' — well then get a divorce!" Bartlett quipped. "I think it also helps when you’re on the same intellectual level. And you have to believe in being committed. Bill and I were so young, we hadn’t explored all those avenues yet. In the end, we were able to grow and change together."
Closer Weekly spoke to Bartlett.